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TELENA JENSEN, 28, has not outgrown her love for dandelions. She was caught on camera when she was a Bellingham pre-school student picking the lovely yellow flowers for her mother. The side photo i was :eprinted from a May 1985 i issue of the Ortonville Independent. Now living in ,Castle Rock, CO, she returned to Bellingham last weekend for the All-School reunion celebration. She is shown above with more flowers for her morn and dad Joy and Curtis Jensen. Curtis graduated from BHS in 1964, They lived in the house, just west of the Methodist Church in Bellingham. Curtis operated the Snap-On dealership and Joy was a LPN at Appleton Hospital when they live here. Telena has degrees in psychology and computer networking and works for a tl company that makes heart valves. Her grandparents were the late Chet and Norma Jensen of Bellingham. Although some are saying the worst of the economic downturn is behind us, many families still struggle with lost jobs, reduced paychecks, accumulating debt and other chal- lenges. When the family is stressed, it is even more difficult to keep every member healthy The health and nutri- tion educators of University of Minnesota Extension have developed a webpage that offers resources to help families stay healthy during chal- lenging financial times. The "Eat Healthy for Less" web- page offers tips, worksheets, videos and links that target healthy meal planning, grocery shopping and meal preparation while spending less. The webpage is part of the University of Minnesota Extension website ( and can be accessed at: h/eathealthy.html . Check it out and return frequently for updated informa- tion. ensure By Mark Whitney, University of Minnesota Extension Pork producers do an excellent job producing a safe, nutritious, and eco- nomic product. However, today's con- Sumers want assurances that the prod- ucts that they eat have been produced environmentally responsible and safe manner, and that animals have received good care and welfare while being raised. In order to assist pork producers in Minnesota to demonstrate their com- mitment to consumers and the general public, University of Minnesota Extension has teamed up with the ~: ii . . ~ ; Share a meal and conversation with others on the first, second, and third Wednesdays of each month. 1st Wednesday - Browns Valley, MN : June 3, 2009 - Noon - Traverse County Cafe" 2nd Wednesday - Gracevill'e, MN June 10, 2009 - 5:30pro - The Headquarters 3rd Wednesday - Ortonville, MN June 17, 2009 - Noon -The Birdfeeder, Big Stone City All are welcome. Attend whenever you can at any of the locations. Meals are on your own. Come to know and understand the healing power i of permission and comfort of sharing !'Common Grounds". Minnesota Pork Board to provide training and certification sessions for producers to become individually cer- tified in Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA+) and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) programs. The PQA+ program, initially developed and implemented in 1989 and revised over the past 20 years, reviews on-farm management prac- tices that enhance food safety while ensuring appropriate animal care and wellbeing. A second portion of the PQA+ program involves assessing production sites. The TQA training sessions educate individuals in pig behavior, animal handling and trans- port, and involve passing an open- book exam for certification. State swine Extension specialists, industry experts, and the National Pork Board were involved in development of both programs, and certification lasts three years. In January, Hormel Foods announced they will require produc- ers supplying hogs to them have all people working with pigs on their farms be individually certified in both the PQA+ and TQA programs, and that production units be site-assessed by the end of 2009. Since that time, other major packers and hog buyers in the upper Midwest, including JBS- Swift and Tyson, have made similar requests. This represents the majority of buyers of market hogs from Minnesota producers. Training sessions are scheduled throughout the state at no cost to attend, and dates and locations can be accessed through the U of M Swine Extension website at, but pre-registration is requested by call- ing (800) 537-7675. Groups can schedule their own trainings by con- tacting me, Mark Whitney, at (507)389-5541 or Additionally, producers can contact me about hav- ing PQA+ site assessments conducted on their operations for a fee. It is expected that many assessments will be scheduled at the end of the year right before the packer deadline, so we are encouraging producers get their PQA+ assessments scheduled and conducted this summer before fall harvesting time. for 6 months with any Classic package* YOU NEED AN ISH NETWORI LOCAL FOX@ Milbank, SD Ortonville, MN. Sisseton, SD Appleton, MN 605432-5091 888-839-3265 320-289-2465 Offer expires 7/31/09. Requires 24-month commitment. Early cancellation fee, other restrictions, apply. Programming package credits applied in first 6 months. Premium package credits appliedI in first 3 months; after 3 months, customer must call to downgrade or then-current price will apply.I HD programming requires HD receiver and HD television (sold separately). Dish DVR Advantagei price applies unless customer downgrades eligible programming or equipment. New, first-ritual N E T W O R K DISH Network customers only; subject to terms and conditions of DISH Network promotional~ agreement and Residential Customer Agreement. Local Channels only available to customers~ residing in specified local Designated Market Area (DMA). All prices, packages and programming~ subject to change without notice. There are a variety of fun activities in the Ortonville area planned this summer to get families outside and enjoying nature! On May 16, a very successful Kick-Off event was held at Central Park for the Ortonville Parks Passport. Families explored the trails, made clay tiles with the Big Stone Arts Council, and planted morning glories courtesy of Snortum's. The Parks Passport is a fun way for families and their birth through 12 year-old children to leem more about the seven Ortonville Parks. Passports include photos, history, and activity suggestions for each park. Participants are encouraged to visit all seven Ortonville parks over the course of the summer. There will be a wrap- up party at Nielson Park on Aug. 25, from 5:30-7 p.m. where participants will get a prize for completing their passport! Passports are available at the Minnesota's primary seat belt law goes into effect today, June 9, mean- ing drivers and passengers in all seat- ing positions -- including the back seat -- must be buckled up or in the correct child restraint. Law enforce- ment can now stop motorists solely for seat belt violations, including unbelted passengers. Minnesota is the 29th state to pass a primary seat belt law following the recent passage by Arkansas and Florida legislatures. Each year in Minnesota, around 200 unbelted motorists are killed and another 400 unbelted motorists suffer Ortonville Library and Snortum's Landscape and Design. There is no cost for participation. This project is sponsored by the Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative, The Big Stone Arts Council, Central Park Restoration committee, and Snortum's Landscape and Design. The Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative also has a couple of wonder- ful opportunities specifically for chil- dren birth through age five. Tot Swim will take place the third Thursday of ,each month from 6-7~p.m.~at the Ortonville Pool (June 18, July 16, and August 20). This is a great time for young children to enjoy the big pool when it is a little less crowded! Lifeguards are available to give par- ents tips on helping kids learn to blow bubbles, go under water, and more. This is a FREE event. Older siblings are welcome to come play with the young children. Children must be accompanied by an adult. life-altering injuries, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). Officials say a primary law will increase the state's belt use compliance and as a result prevent traffic deaths and injuries. The June 9th enactment date of the primary seat belt law is in memory of Meghan Cooper, a 15-year-old girl from Southeastern Minnesota who died in a traffic accident on June 9, 1999. Meghan was unbuckled and ejected from the rear seat of the car she was riding in as it flipped. Meghan's mother, Kathy, has been Also mark your calendars for June 23, from 6-7:30 p.m when the Ortonville ECI is sponsoring a field trip to Earthrise Farms, east of Madison Children from birth through five years will get to experience a variety of activities, including: planti- ng, playing with animals such as goats and kitties, seeing where chickens lay their eggs, playing games in the wide open spaces, reading in the great big school house, and checking out a variety of gardens. There may even be some strawberries to taste! Pre- regis- tration is required for this FREE event, by contacting Kari Dorry (839- 6229). Please pre-register by June 19th. There will be a caravan leaving from the Ortonville School parking lot at 5:20 p.m. If you are unable to pro- vide your own transportation, we will make arrangements for you. For more information on Earthrise Farms, check out I I II I urging legislators to strengthen Minnesota's seat belt law for 10 years. Michael Campion, DPS commis- sioner, says that while a majority of Minnesotans use their seat belts (87 percent), those that don't -- approxi- mately 700,000 motorists -- account for half of all motorist traffic deaths annually. "Minnesota's new primary seat belt law will provide significant results in reducing traffic tragedies," says Campion. "The focus of this law is not on issuing citations, but rather on increasing seat belt compliance and impaired driving. Each year 80 per- cent of drinking drivers killed in crashes are also not buckled up. Dunaski says the primary law could factor in law enforcement stopping suspected impaired drivers before they harm themselves or innocent motorists. "The real enforcement of this law begins with motorists insisting their passengers buckle up," Dunaski says. "This law demonstrates that the state takes seat belt use seriously and that buckling your seat belt is a serious matter." Dunaski adds that troopers will enforce the law as they do any other traffic violation to ensure a safe driving environment on Minnesota roads. Cheri Marti, DPS director of the Office of Traffic Safety, says the pri- mary law's June 9 effective date is important as the state enters the heart of the summer driving months, the deadliest time on the roads. In last three years, there were 476 traffic deaths June-August and 1,798 serious injuries. "There is no better defense than a seat belt against impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers, which become serious threats during the high-traffic summer driving season," says Marti. She says motorists also need to wear their belt properly. Lap belts should be low and snug across the hips; shoulder straps should never be tucked under an arm or behind the back. Not only is this unsafe, it is ille- gal. "Seat belts restrain motorists in the vehicle's designed protective space, giving them room to live in the event of a crash," says Marti, noting belts also keep motorists positioned proper- ly behind the wheel to help a driver better control a vehicle. "Without a belt, a motorist is almost guaranteed injury in the event of a crash, ranging from a head hitting the windshield to being ejected." The launch of the primary law fol- lows a May two-week statewide Click ensuring Minnesotans are traveling as It or Ticket seat belt enforcement ~ safely as possible to limit preventable sweep that resulted in 7,189 seat belt ~i::" " ~- deaths and injuries." citations. Of those cited, 1,501 were ~'~-~, 1 FJ////~"/-d" / D PS says the lives saved andticketed at night -- ~ special patrols ~~: ~/~~~~ injuries prevented will also reduce were executed to combat a trend of ~ ///~ / ,-/~j.C/ ~ / /~ state heath care costs. Unbelted unbelted deaths during the hours of 9 1~ ~ motorists injured in crashes have hos- p.m.- 3 a.m. Around 400 law enforce- ~ ~ pital charges 60 percent greater than ment agencies participated in the cam,- i' ,[ those who are belted. During 2004- paign. :7' ~ / 2005, all government payer sources, The total cost for a seat belt cita- '~/,~ ~~ g~ including Medicaid, were charged tion is about $110. All unbeltedthe far- of 15. $83 million for unbelted motorists' motorists 15 years of age or older will hospital charges Unbelted motorist receive a citation. The driver will be injury charges were 78 percent greater charged an additional $25 citation fee ~"/~1:7/ / ~ /U~#'f~ f5~-~.O for Medicaid than belted motorists.These costs do not include agef r each unbelted occupant under the i ! #( ~;~ Sl 5 0 greater, long-term medical charges The new seat belt law is called the commonly associated with unbelted Kathryn Swanson Seat Belt Safety motorist injuries. These include fol- Act -- named in honor of the former fac, a ~ low-up doctor and specialist care, director of the DPS Office of Traffic injury rehabilitation and extended Safety and long- time seat belt advo- nursing or assisted-living care.cite.who died in 2008 after a battle Proceeds go Officials say the primary law iswith ALS. tO the especially relevant in Greater Breast Cancer Minnesota. Each year, nearly 80 per- 3DAY! cent of unbelted traffic deaths occur ![ N~ outside the seven-county metro area. The law will also impact young I1~ ~:~/~Y4: Ot't'OttVl motorists ages 15-29 who account for nearly half of all unbelted deaths, and . ~t day 9am to 5pro; more than half of all unbelted serious Ill I~F/~ q~ injuries annually. While the law is principally a life- the Inexpensive 1 a' ~A]~"~ /'~'~ saving measure, Col. Mark Dunaski, 111 ~ s~',e~.O,-to~,~C(~,~ / I,'l " 1' t,l/ ~ I I I,'t,/ ~.-" chief of the State Patrol says the pri- [~6h0p 320 839 2818 Ill 320-6~9-2616 o~,~ ~ 6,r,~'~ ~, '] mary belt law will also serve as anoth- Ill er tool to help in the fight against Tuesday, June 16,2009 INDEPENDENT Page 7